Doubleheader Weekend Produces Two Solid Runs for Russell
Points Lead is Only Victory of the Weekend
2011 has produced eight wins for Tim Russell in the Florida Late Model racing scene. It was a safe bet that with a doubleheader weekend in the Florida United Promoters Late Model Series that Russell and his #36 team would score at least one victory.
When the dust settled in the Sunshine State, Russell took sixth at Orlando SpeedWorld on Friday and second at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday. While there was no victory lane trip in the cards over the weekend, a victory of another sort was achieved as Russell took back the point lead Saturday night after losing it Friday.
“There was a wreck that we got swept up in and we had a 15-minute red flag period," explained Russell about Friday night’s race at Orlando. “We went back out and managed to salvage a sixth-place finish. Saturday night (at New Smyrna), we finished second, but we were just too tight to do anything for the win. We led the first 20 laps and we got passed on a restart and were just stuck from there out."
Russell's sixth-place at Orlando left him trailing by a single point heading into the next night. Point leader Jeff Scofield had a rough night and finished ninth at New Smyrna. That allowed Russell to regain the top spot as the series gears up for the final two races and race to the $5,000 championship.
"This is the best thing going in Florida racing," said Russell. "The rules are pretty close and a crate (engine) car won Friday night, so it's pretty even."
Russell will be back in action outside of the series on Saturday, September 24th at Auburndale Speedway (FL).